Today is the day. Today is the day of the week that we reveal the truth. The truth behind our crafting habits and our levels of conscientiousness. Who is conscientious enough to waste crafting time and tidy up after themselves?... My philisophy is this - by not tidying up, you get a good extra 15 minutes or so more crafting in. What would you do... Me? I like to get the extra crafting in - why spoil the flow of creativity by stopping and spending the last 10 or 15 minutes at the desk tidying away to have to get it all out again the next time if you hadn't finished. At least if you were mid-project, you'll know what you're coming back to - no blank canvas to scare away your mojo.
Well that's exactly my
Here is that said lovely desk in all its glory... look - it seeps creativity through every pore. Every inch of it used as an artists palette - each and every bit of
OK - so I'm messy and it takes ALL of the crap on my desk to produce ONE card per 8hour shift. Yes indeedy.
Well, Saturday was a lost cause until after lunch. Sitting at the desk that long had done me no favours at all. AT ALL let me tell you!!! Still, I enjoyed it. I have plenty of material left to make, ahem, a dozen or so cards - that will all pretty much be a variation on a theme!
Here is what you came to see my WOYWWers and bloggy friends. I give you.... tada!
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Next picture is to the right, but the angle has come forward and down a bit - basically I couldn't manage a second stretch over. Just before this one, I got my pink slippers in the shot so had to take again!!!
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Last week I pointed out some pretty coloured card that I'd sorted out of a box of stuff I'd recently purchased from the local craft warehouse. I just have to sort things out into colour order if its sits still long enough.
Some commenter's were (I think), under the impression that it was all the card I owned. Erm, no. That would be here:
The 4 bottom drawers on each side are deeper than the top 4. This set sits behind my chair but side on - you might just see the wheels to my chair in the bottom right of this pic. The chair is in front of my desk. It is a tight squeeze for anyone wanting to get past my chair from the kitchen. Basically, at the back of the wall where these drawers stand, is where my kitchen units start and where the kettle is... not far to go for a cup of coffee eh?
The drawers house all of my plain cardstock, one or two kits, all my fancy paper, the top left drawer has all the cables and leads to cameras, gadgets etc - all bagged and labelled. It's also where I keep my spare batteries. The second left is where all sticky labels of various sizes are kept - also a CD label making kit.
I won't bore you with telling you what's in each drawer - suffice to say, the paper that is on the top of my printer won't fit in any of them at the moment, hence it still being there. I need to jiggle some stuff around because I've had to 'cross-contaminate' (as it were) some colours - and that's not sitting with me very well!!!
So tell me, are you conscientious - or do you prefer 15 minutes extra crafting time - you know, the 15 minutes it would have taken to tidy up. Whichever it is, we really don't mind. We like variety you see. Wouldn't do to see nearly 200 desks all in the same state - how bloody boring would that be. We want to see it whatever state of array it is. Obviously, it's quite nice to see a project or two as well.
You can guarantee a couple of stunners from the sisters in the Philippines. You can't not go and see their desks. Go to Julia's blog, read all about it - she might be mid-preparations for her next workshop - you might see a deckchair especially for an iPad (yeh - an iPad) It is a mini desk top deckchair. What did you think I meant?. Julia is the mistress of desks you see. I like to refer to her as the Pied Piper of crafters. Crafters and their desks. She rolls up her best cardstock and pipes the tune on a Wednesday morning - "come link up your desks, come link up your desks". Not sure which tune it is - maybe you could suggest one!!!
You'll even realise if you join in that not everyone even crafts on a desk. But you have to join in to find out who doesn't. Oh, on another desk/post you are more or less guaranteed to see a rocking horse. Then there is someone who will show you a picture or their stunning pussy cats - both if you're lucky, but at least one - and he's worth seeking out - that is if his mistress has taken part.
Another may show you her sewing 'to do rail' or even her scrummy grandchildren. You might get to see a pair of sock and a piece of something yummy on another - both on the table - at the same time (naughty girl)...
Another WOYWWer has just moved into a new place with THE most humungous craft space you've seen in a long time - even ever! I'm personally keeping up with the progress of that one. Can't wait to see it finished.
Do you see? You get to know people and become familiar with their desks/makeshift desks - people from all over the globe. It makes the world a smaller place, and people all over the world more accessible. They become your crafting bloggy family. You might not see them every week because there is so many to visit, or they may have a reason they can't take part, but some people wouldn't miss it for the world. It maybe their only post of the week some weeks. It's addictive. I even posted from my hospital bed - with a little help from a very special lady I met through this very feature (she knows who she is). She's the one with the sewing 'to do' rail.
You might make sure you get round certain ones and become 'regulars'. But the fact is - they are always there. There to be visited day or night. To seek advice, to give advice, to behold their talent. You can't always say that about your extended flesh and blood, now can you?
Sorry for the long post this week - hope you don't mind and made it to the end!
Before I do go, I want everyone to say a little prayer for those on the east coast of the States in the path of the devastating hurricane Sandy. For all those affected however small. I'm thinking of you all, and pray that you soon recover from the devastation it has caused, and hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.
Happy WOYWW people.
Paula x x x